Shortly before the SIHH begins we received news from DeWitt about their DeWitt Academia Endless Drive. So just a short preview before we get our hands on the actual model next week. The most striking feature is an endless rotating screw. The use of this is inspired by automotive mechanics. The preferred field of inspiration by the brand’s founder Jérôme de Witt.
DeWitt Academia Endless Drive
Hours and minutes are displayed on small rotating discs on both sides of the eye-catching centrepiece. in the dial. The curves of the screw in unidirectional movement denote an irreversible rotation that fascinates the observer and serves as an allegory for time itself. Through both aesthetics and function, the model forms a new addition to DeWitt’s series of watch creations with strong and distinct character.
As usual, the Geneva-based Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie innovates and offers a winding mechanism that confers an unusual movement to the helical screw, which is linked to the power reserve’s winding system. More precisely, the model features two degrees of freedom. As the 59-hour power reserve decreases, the screw rotates. When the barrel is wound, the screw slides on its longitudinal axis.
The timepiece’s prowess lies in the design idea’s materialisation, which honours endless screw mechanism, animated in a decidedly unique way.
The hand-crafted dial meets the very high standard of finishes adopted by the Manufacture. What’s more, the time display is no exception to the brand’s drive to distinguish itself through exceptional timepieces. The hours and minutes are indicated with two discs located at 9 and 3 o’clock that rotate around a fixed central piece.
The 42.5 mm diameter round case creates an interplay of contrasting effects through the combination of traditional and innovative materials, 18-carat rose gold and black rubber, subtly recreating the famous imperial column motif, the distinctive signature of the brand with the symbol of Emperor Napoleon I. Two small “W” signatures are also found on the crown and on the buckle.
More info on the DeWitt website.
Case material: 18k pink gold
Movement: Caliber DW1653
Power: 59 Hours with automatic winding
Water resistance: 30meter / 3ATM
Dial: Black dial
Strap: Alligator strap with 18k folding buckle
DeWitt Academia Endless Drive price is 38.500 CHF (MRSP excl. VAT, prices may vary depending on location.)